Beautiful Traditional Shweshwe Dresses 2019 – South Africans love their traditional attires. Many SA women wear Shweshwe when they go to church or when they are invited to a traditional wedding. As you can see on television, traditional weddings are usually celebrated in rural areas or villages or where older women and grannies stay but always where most suitable.

What is Shweshwe?

Shweshwe is a  printed dyed cotton fabric which is usually used for South African traditional dresses for women or clothing. Shweshwe, which is initially dyed indingo, it comes with a wide selection of printing designs and colours. These designs normally form a geometric pattern. Shweshwe in South Africa is usually worn during wedding or traditional ceremonies.

How did Shweshwe come about in South Africa?

The name Shweshwe is derived from the fabric’s association with Lesotho’s King Moshoeshoe I, also spelled “Moshweshwe”. King Moshoeshoe I was gifted with the fabric by French missionaries in the 1840s and subsequently popularized it.

It is also known as sejeremane in Sotho, and ujamani in Xhosa, after 19th century German and Swiss settlers who imported the blaudruck (“blue print”) fabric for their clothing and helped entrench it in South African culture.

Where can I wear Shweshwe Dresses in South Africa?

Shweshwe fabric is used to make traditional dresses, aprons, skirts, shirts and wraparound clothing. In the Xhosa culture, newly married women are required to wear Shweshwe to show that the woman is married and she is called Makoti. Sotho women also wear Shweshwe dresses after they got married.


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Xhosa women have additionally incorporated the material into their ancient ochre-coloured blanket covering. Except for ancient wear, Shweshwe is employed in modern South African fashion style for girls and men from all ethnic groups, still as for creating accessories and fabric. it’s additionally utilized in the us as a quilting material.


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